Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Officer Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, May 24, 1981

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Thomas Joseph Szafranski

Officer Thomas Szafranski was shot and killed by a sniper with a high-powered rifle while sitting in his patrol car near Davis Street and Sixth Street.

The sniper shot him in the head in the unprovoked attack. The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on March 24th, 1998.

Officer Szafranski had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for six years.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed in 1998

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I never knew Tom - I only became connected to the family through his brother in 2004. I have heard many stories about his compassion, humility, little eccentricities, sense of humor and a bit of a wild streak, and so he has come to live in my heart as well. I'm sorry to not have known him. The respect and love his brother has for him will never fade.

KC
Sister in law

January 12, 2020

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